Silver Line chief Pat Nowakowski to resign from post

(WJLA) - As questions continue to linger about an opening date for the silver line, the project's chief dropped big news Wednesday with the announcement of his resignation.

Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the silver line since 2009,{ } told the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board{ } on Wednesday that he's leaving his post for one at another transit agency.

His exit date remains unclear.

"It's more about when they need me at my new position than this position, but I've worked very closely with the project here that I'm leaving at time when this project is nearing completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2 is well underway," Nowakowski said on Wednesday.

The announcement comes as his team reviews the contractor's second declaration of substantial completion.{ } Crews are still working to fix punch list problems that prevented the authority from signing off on the first phase earlier this year.

"The first time we had some short comings, we've seen much improvement in the submission at this point in time, so we are very optimistic," he said.

On Wednesday, the board approved $1.8 million in funds to fix a lingering reliability issue with a portion of the automatic train control system.

The airports authority has until Thursday, April 24{ } to sign off on the work currently being done to complete the first phase of the silver line.{ } From there, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority gets 90 days for testing and training, then the first phase could finally open.